Department of Dance
Department Chair: Charles West
Department Secretary: Donna Checketts (208) 496-2073
Department Faculty: Wendy BoneShawn FisherCharles West

 

The Department of Dance offers a minor in Modern and Ballroom/ World Dance. These degrees are designed to allow a student to open a dance studio, as well as preparation to be a dance specialist in a church and community setting.
 
The Mission of the Department of Dance is:
1. To teach students that they will become better dancers through living the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ by enhancing their roles as indiviudals, Church members, citizens and parents.
2. To teach students how to make moral and value judgments about their choices in quality of movement, music, costume and lighting.
3. To give students a solid technical foundation and provide an opportunity to develop creativity on all levels through performance, production and service opportunities.
 
Program Description



Minor in  Modern Dance (108)   
This minor is designed to allow a student to open a dance studio, as well as preparation to be a dance specialist in a church and community setting.
Modern Dance Minors must select 17 credits in the core and must take 8 additional credits of dance classes. No double-counting of Minor courses.
Take these Courses    Min Grade: B
DANCE 190, 231, 240A, 240B, 241A, 241B, 242, 290, 356

AND
Take 1 Course    Min Grade: B
DANCE 135, 171

AND
Take 7 Credits    Min Grade: B
DANCE 131, 135, 140, 170, 171, 180M, 180W, 268R, 299R, 331, 390R, 468R


Minor in  World & Ballroom Dance (148)   
This degree is designed to allow a student to open a dance studio, as well as preparation to be a dance specialist in a church and community setting.
World and Ballroom Dance minor must select 15 credits in core classes and take 10 additional credits of dance. Upper division classes can always be substituted for lower division classes.
Take all of these Courses    Min Grade: B
DANCE 140, 190, 242, 258, 259, 299R, 458R, 498R

AND
Take 3 Credits    Min Grade: B
DANCE 278R, 288R, 378R, 478R, 488R

AND
Take 7 Credits    Min Grade: B
DANCE 131, 135, 170, 171, 172, 180M, 180W, 181M, 181W, 184M, 184W, 185M, 185W, 271, 272, 280M, 280W, 284M, 284W, 285M, 285W, 371
 
Course Descriptions

DANCE 131 Jazz Dance, Beginning (1:0:2)
A movement class where rhythms, style, and technique of jazz dancing are introduced to the student, including basic jazz terminology.
 
DANCE 135 Tap Dance (1:0:2)
Prerequisite: Tap Experience or consent of instructor.
This is an accelerated beginning class for students with experience; or consent of instructor.
 
DANCE 140 Modern Dance, Beginning (1:0:2)
The course is designed to give the student experience in movement emphasizing locomotor skills, movement progressions, and dance techniques in ballet, modern, and jazz.
 
DANCE 170 World Dance, Beginning (1:0:2)
Dances from around the world.
 
DANCE 171 Clog Dance, Beginning (1:0:2)
This is a movement class where rhythms, styles, and techniques of clog dance are introduced to the student; including basic clog and buck terminology, style and steps. Set routines taught as well as basic skills.
 
DANCE 172 Country Western and Square Dance, Beginning (1:0:2)
This course is designed to teach country western line dance and the twenty-five basics of square dance.
 
DANCE 180M Social Dance, Beginning (1:0:0)
For beginners with an emphasis on partner dances in a social setting (waltz, swing, cha cha, foxtrot, polka).
 
DANCE 180W Social Dance, Beginning (1:0:2)
For beginners with an emphasis on partner dances in a social setting (waltz, swing, cha cha, foxtrot, polka).
 
DANCE 181M Country Western Social Dance, Beginning (1:0:2)
A course designed to develop skills of counry western social dancing.
 
DANCE 181W Country Western Social Dance, Beginning (1:0:2)
A course designed to develop skills of counry western social dancing.
 
DANCE 190 Ballet Beginning (1:0:2)
Introducting the fundamentals of ballet technique including terminology, a brief history and ballet as a foundation for all dance styles.
 
DANCE 231 Jazz Dance, Intermediate (1:0:2)
Prerequisite: DA 131
A movement class where intermediate levels of rhythms, style, and technique of jazz dance are explored, including basic jazz terminology.
 
DANCE 240A Dance Technique IA (2:0:4)
Prerequisite: This class is for dance minors or consent of instructor.
Fundamental dance techniques emphasizing development in body, motion, space, time and energy awareness.
 
DANCE 240B Dance Technique IB (2:0:4)
Fundamental dance techniques emphasizing development in body, motion, space, time and energy awareness.
 
DANCE 241A Dance Technique II A (2:0:4)
Prerequisite: DA 140, 240A and B or equivalent.
Fundamental dance techniques emphasizing development in body, motion, space, time and energy awareness.
 
DANCE 241B Dance Technique II B (1-2:0:4)
Prerequisite: DA 140, 240A and B or equivalent.
Fundamental dance techniques in ballet and modern emphasizing development in body, motion, space, time and energy awareness.
 
DANCE 242 Improvisaton and Choreography (2:0:4)
Prerequisite: DA 240
A practical course providing students with fundamentals of improvisation and choreography.
 
DANCE 258 Teaching Techniques of World and Ballroom Dance (2:0:0)
Prerequisite: Dance 170, 172, 180 or consent of instructor.
A course designed to train a person to teach all forms of Social Dance: Ballroom, World, Square, etc., with an emphasis on Recreational Dancing.
 
DANCE 259 Leadership in Music and Dance (2:0:0)
Prerequisite: DA 180 or DA 172
This course is designed specifically for those in charge of school, church, or club dances. The purpose of the class is to develop the skills necessary to handle all aspects of a dance.
 
DANCE 268R Contemporary Dance Team (1-2:0:4)
Fee:  $25.00
Prerequisite: Audition
Dance company experiences in modern dance choreography and performance for concert settings.
 
DANCE 271 Clog Dance Techniques I (1:0:2)
Prerequisite: Dance 171 or be an intermediate clogger and know pitter-patter buck steps.
This is a movement class where rhythms, styles, and techniques of clog dance on an intermediate-advanced level will be introduced to the student.
 
DANCE 272 Country Western and Square Dance, Intermediate (1:0:2)
Prerequisite: DA 172 or equivalent experience
Mainstream 26-50 square dance basics above the "Basic Plateau."
 
DANCE 278R Women's Clog Team (1-2:0:4)
Fee:  $25.00
Prerequisite: Audition required.
Performance techniques and experience in clog dance. Participate in local competitions.
 
DANCE 280M Social Dance, Intermediate (1:0:0)
Prerequisite: Dance 180 or consent of instructor.
A course designed to develop skills of social dancing. Five of the following dances will be taught each semester: waltz, foxtrot, cha cha, swing (various styles), west coast swing, mambo, tango, rumba.
 
DANCE 280W Social Dance, Intermediate (1:0:2)
Prerequisite: Dance 180 or consent of instructor.
A course designed to develop skills of social dancing. Five of the following dances will be taught each semester: waltz, foxtrot, cha cha, swing (various styles), west coast swing, mambo, tango, rumba.
 
DANCE 288R Ballroom Dance Team (1-2:0:4)
Fee:  $25.00
Prerequisite: By Audition only. Concurrent with any ballroom class.
Performance techniques and experience with ballroom dance.
 
DANCE 290 Ballet Technique I (2:0:4)
Accelerated Beginning ballet class
 
DANCE 299R Practicum (1-3:0:0)
Prerequisite: Consent of supervising faculty member.
Practical experience teaching and choreographing in a campus setting.
 
DANCE 331 Jazz Dance, Advanced (2:0:3)
Prerequisite: DA 231 or consent of instructor.
A movement class where advanced frythm, styles, techniques and choreography of jazz are explored.
 
DANCE 356 Techniques of Teaching Modern Dance (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: DA 240 and DA 242
A course designed to train a person to teach all forms of dance including elements of creativity, studio management, and children's dance.
 
DANCE 371 Clog Dance Technique 2 (1:0:2)
Prerequisite: DA 271
Must be on an advanced level and should know buck, Canadian styling and freestyle.
 
DANCE 378R World Dance Team (1-3:0:6)
Fee:  $25.00
Performance techniques and experience in folk and clog dance.
 
DANCE 390R Ballet Technique II (2:0:4)
Prerequisite: DANCE 290
Intermediate level ballet class
 
DANCE 458R Teaching Certification (1-3:2:0)
Theory and notation of social dance preparation for professional teaching certification examinations.
 
DANCE 468R Contemporary Dance Theatre Tour Company (1-3:0:6)
Fee:  $25.00
Dance company experiences in modern dance choreography and performance for concert settings.
 
DANCE 478R Folk Dance USA Tour Company (1-3:0:6)
Fee:  $25.00
Performance techniques and experience in folk and clog dance.
 
DANCE 488R Ballroom Dance Tour Company (1-3:0:6)
Performance techniques and experience with ballroom dance.
 
DANCE 498 Internship (1-3:0:0)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
Practical experience teaching and choreographing in a high school or dance studio.